The Major Lessons For The Military Strategy 2015 ( Nms )

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The major lessons for the military leaders to achieve the objectives of the National Military Strategy 2015 (NMS) are a result of the evolution of the ways to fight the war, the relations among the involved actors and the use of the military to get political objectives. To show the importance of these lessons, this essay will discuss the relevance of the ingenuity of the commander and the proper assessment to fight adversary states (objective 1), the need of adaptation and focused communication to combat violent extremist organizations (objective 2), and the utility of smart power for alliances and partnerships (objective 3). Let’s begin by examining the two lessons learned for NMS objective one.
NMS Objective #1 – Lesson 1
Theories and technology are tools for the commander, but the ingenuity and skills allow their best use to achieve the objectives of the war. This is important because the uncertainty surrounding the fog of war make military leaders prone to try to imitate successful strategies from past wars without considering the differences between the scenarios. Swiss theorist Baron de Jomini in the XIX century claimed that governments should choose their best commander and leave him free to fight war according to scientific principles. These principles were focused on the tactical level and were inspired by the decisive maneuvers during Napoleonic wars; however, war has no universal rules that assure victory. In World War I, new technologies like machine guns and…
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